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Oakdale knocks off defending girls champs

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POSTED March 24, 2010 2:55 a.m.
OAKDALE – The three-time defending Valley Oak League champion Sierra Timberwolves experienced something that they are not accustomed to, as they were upended by the Oakdale Mustangs in both boys and girls action Tuesday at Royce Memorial Pool.

The girls battled throughout, but could not chew into a double-digit deficit before meet’s end. Sierra got first place finishes from Megan Viduya (100, 200 free), Kara Hall (200 IM, 100 breast), Niki DeGeorge (100 fly) and Janette Thomas earned a second place finish in the 100 breast.

Teammate Stephanie Davis also garnered a second place finish in the 50 free.

The Sierra boys were led by Zach Holmstrom’s first place finish in the 100 breast and the 200 IM, while Tim Cornish grabbed a second place finish in the 50 free and James Thomas earned one in the 100 breast.

Manteca 129, Lathrop 15 (B)
Manteca 129, Weston Ranch 17 (B)
Manteca High had little difficulty disposing of the visiting Cougars of Weston Ranch and Spartans of Lathrop, putting up easy wins against both programs.

Manteca’s dominance could not be denied, as the squad took first place in every event conducted.

“We are proud of how all of our swimmers did today,” Manteca head coach Elyce Silva said. “They continue to work hard and improve their times.

“It was nice to get a win going into our meet Friday.”

Kevin Craighead earned first place finishes in the 200 and 500 free, while Esaies Freeman took first in the 100 fly. Teammate Joey Grijalva finished first in the 200 IM and the 100 breast to hep the Buffaloes.

East Union 109, Central Valley 54
East Union 103, Ceres 56
The Lancers got solid meets from Jackie Chen and Frank Ciccarelli in their easy wins over Ceres and Central Valley.

“The team really swam well,” Lancer head coach Aviette Heinze said. “Everyone contributed and gave us excellent effort.

“We look forward to a new challenge Thursday against Oakdale.”

Girls
Manteca 138, Lathrop 10
Manteca 110, Weston Ranch 39
The Buffaloes got strong meets from all over the pool, posting a solid VOL win over the two visiting programs.

Sierra Roberts had a splendid day for Manteca, earning a first place finish in the 200 free and a second place finish in the 100 free. Cari Carl also seized a first place finish, winning the 100 fly in 1:13 seconds.

“We were really impressed with Weston Ranch today,” Silva said. “They are definitely competitors and they worked hard and made us work hard.

“There really were some exciting races.”

East Union 98, Central Valley 68
Ceres 105, East Union 65
The Lancers were only able to snatch one of two in their VOL action Tuesday, beating Central Valley and falling to Ceres High.

The Lancers received standout performances from Michelle Mayo and Amanda Sokolowski, who both improved on personal bests during the meet.

The 400 free realy team of Devan Heupel, Julia DeGroot, Mayo and Sokolowski won relays verses Ceres and Central Valley.

— Jagada Chambers
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